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NWL alum Zobrist is MVP as Cubs win title

Former Northwoods League star Ben Zobrist helped end a century-plus title pursuit on Wednesday.

Zobrist doubled home the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning at Cleveland as the Chicago Cubs beat the Indians, 8-7, in the seventh and deciding game of the World Series. Zobrist was named series MVP in the aftermath of the Cubs' first world championship since 1908.

Zobrist's lone hit in five at-bats on Wednesday was a double to left field off Bryan Shaw that broke a 6-6 tie. For the series, Zobrist hit .357 (10-for-28) and drove in two runs.

It's the second year in a row Zobrist has been on the World Series winner. Last season, Zobrist helped Kansas City win its first title since 1985.

In 2003, Zobrist played for the Wisconsin Woodchucks.

The other NWL alum in the World Series, Cleveland rookie Tyler Naquin, appeared as a pinch-runner. Naquin, who played for Mankato in 2010, was 1-for-7 in his five appearances in the series.